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Hundreds of pets overwhelm shelter

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email

It's after hours at the Franklin County Humane Society and all of the cats are fed and the dogs are walked. But that's the problem, these animals are still there.

"We're getting more animals in then we have the capacity to handle," said Amanda Laskoe who works for the Humane Society.

To highlight the issue, there are several dozen dogs and more than 150 cats.

"It's rare that we have one animal per kennel," said Laskoe, adding, "That's not unusual, especially during the summer months. That's what we like to call our kitten season."

A month ago, Laskoe says they took in 76 kittens, and the problem has only grown. She says it's almost more than the staff can handle.

"Cleaning kennels, feeding the cats," described Laskoe, "It's a never-ending struggle to keep up with the flow of animals."

"When you overcrowd animals, they get stressed, they get sick and that's not humane, frankly," added spokesperson D'Arcy Robb.

"We have some dogs that are starting to bark at the cages because they've been here for so long," said Laskoe.

The crowding issue poses another threat to these animals. If they're not adopted or put in foster homes, they could face death. The Humane Society wants to avoid that as much as possible.

"We have been under a lot of pressure, for the last few weeks, trying to keep our animal numbers to the point where we don't have to euthanize healthy animals. We're teetering on that and we're really trying to avoid that," said Robb.

While the situation may be bleak, the staff says there is a silver lining.

"In terms of selection, this is a great time to look for an animal," answered Robb, adding that June is Adopt a Shelter Cat month, where all kittens and cats are being sold for $20, and barn cats are free.

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